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Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef ribs” (26 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (28 reviews)
“onion rings” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
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Reviewed today

I am not going to say its the best but it is very good and worth the trip. You do get a lot of food for your money and they have a great variety of Rubs and sauces that are right up there with Texas...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jackn128
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Killer ribless dinner which is my favorite, no bones or messy finger. Just great BBQ and great potato salad

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Alexander W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Best BBQ in San Diego- portions good size- good atmosphere and clean restaurant. Would recommend for families or couples

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank paullaky
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Best barbecue I’ve had. Better than any I’ve tried in Texas even. You get a lot for your money!! Very casual atmospher. Great for families too.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank billandjoyce2018
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous all i can say is bring a big appetite and prepare to feast!! Yummy!! This location here in San Marcos is great for getting on the freeway!!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank debbier901
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Not REAL BBQ--they use ovens. Reasonable prices and big portions. Phil's would not be able to make it in areas that have BBQ like Texas, Memphis or North Carolina.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Randal M
Reviewed August 24, 2018

We have been their twice and had the same experience that when we ordered they would try to sell us more then we asked. Then they would try to inform us on how it is better to order more then we asked for.It is also...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 19037Travel
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Been going to Phil’s for many years. I haven’t been to this location for over 1 year. We were there today, a Monday at 1:15pm. There was maybe 4 tables occupied and it was empty by Phil’s standards. I ordered the El Toro like I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank monkutare
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

$25 for the meal posted in photo and I struggled to finish, added a sausage link and a drink, for a total of about $30.... x2 for the wife and add my son the meal in total was around $75 with tip. Which honestly for...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lee_jamie_hill
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

This is our family's absolute favorite place to eat. The baby back ribs are always perfectly smoked and delicious. Phil's sauce tops it off just right. They're fast and friendly too. Great spot.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Robert P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
  • E-mail
At Phils BBQ we combine the best barbecue, legendary service, and the biggest value to create a fast, casual, and fun experience. Our baby back, beef, and chicken dinners all come with your choice of sides, our most popular are the fresh cut fries and colossal onion rings! The full service bar features the tastiest craft beer in SD and tickers surround the restaurant so you can keep up with all your sports. We also cater! Phil's bbq has been awarded best bbq catering in SD year after year.
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